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Examinations and resits

Amsterdam Law School

Two examination opportunities are given for each course: once in the study period during which the course is given, and a resit before the start of the following academic year.

  • Rules for online examinations

    What should you pay attention to when making examinations online?

    Lecturers are working hard to transform all examinations into online examinations. This is quite a job, but we will make sure it will be a successful operation. This also requires some explanation for  and cooperation from you as students.

    Make sure you have a suitable workplace and internet connection

    It is important to ensure that you have a suitable workplace with a stable internet connection during the examination. Most examinations will be conducted in Canvas, where you can mostly work on your examination offline and you only need an internet connection when collecting and handing in your examinations. You need to keep a close eye on the time, to make sure you hand in your examination on time. You are also responsible for backing up the work you have made, which you need to keep until the work has been reviewed.

    We may offer some examinations in TestVision Online (where you normally take your digital examinations). In this case,  you need to be online during the entire examination. That's why a stable internet connection is even more important. If your internet connection is down, log in again. Your answers will be saved (except for a few words).

    In case of technical problems during your examination, a helpdesk will be ready to provide support. If the technical problems are related to your workplace and cannot be solved, there is unfortunately nothing you can do about it. In that case you need to take part in the next regular examination opportunity of the course.

    If technical problems on the side of the UvA prevent you from taking the examination, we will of course provide an appropriate solution.

    Use of sources and fraud

    For the examination you may use the material specified by the course coordinator. It is not allowed to consult other sources (such as excerpts and model answers of old examinations). In addition, you have to take the examination independently. So individually, without consultation with or help from others. During the examination you will be asked to declare that you have met these conditions. The submitted examination will be checked via Turnitin and possibly further investigated for fraud. In an open book examination, plagiarism will particularly occur if you have quoted from sources other than the literature that may be consulted during the examination. Violation of these conditions will be qualified as fraud (art. 5.1 sub 2/5.2 Examination Regulations) and/or plagiarism (art. 5.1 sub 3/5.2 Examination Regulations), which will be reported to the Examination Board (art. 5.4 Examination Regulations), who may then impose a sanction.

    Exercise questions and technical practice test

    Within each subject you can see a representative practice question with an indication of the answers on Canvas. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice with the technical side of the examination. A few days before an examination you will find a technical practice test on Canvas. You can then see, for example, where you can find your examination and how to hand it in.

    Illness or other reasons why you can't take an examination

    If you are sick or something happens that prevents you from taking an examination, this is of course very unfortunate. In that case you can take part in the next regular examination opportunity. You will only be eligible for an extra examination opportunity if it concerns your final course and the conditions of Article 4.5, Paragraph 3 of the Teaching and Examinations Regulations have been met.

    Students with a disability

    Students who have been assigned extra time (due to a disability) will receive an email notification one week before the examination date at the latest. If you are entitled to another facility and would like to discuss this, please contact a study adviser.

    Any questions?

    For practical questions about the way of testing, please contact the Education Desk.

    Also read: Why are the control measures for online examinations necessary?

Questions on examinations and resits

  • Examination and resit registration

    Please note that the rules for registering for exams and resits have changed as of the 2021-2022 academic year.

    If you have registered for a course, you are automatically registered for the exam and the resit.

    • If you failed to pass or were not present for the exam, you are automatically registered for the resit. 

    You can register for the exam through regular course registration or a TGOW (exam without tutorial attendance) registration, unless the course has mandatory attendance. You can register for the TGOW until the day of the resit via uva.nl/courseregistration. Please note: if you are entitled to extra exam facilities, you must register at least 10 working days before the exam.

    It can take up to 24 hours after TGOW registration before you get access to Canvas. If you need access to the Canvas page urgently, please contact the Education Desk.

    If you followed a course without a TGOW option in a different academic year, have met the attendance requirement and want to participate in the exam or resit, please contact the course coordinator (listed in the course catalogue) to ask if this is possible. Only with permission of the course coordinator can the Education Desk add you to the exam or resit.

  • Deregister from an exam
    • If you do not wish to take part in the exam or resit, you have to deregister from the course as soon as possible. You can do this at uva.nl/courseregistration. Go to 'Overview of Registrations’, select the course you want to deregister for, and then click 'Deregister'.
    • If you do not want to take the exam, but you do want to take the resit, leave your registration for the course unchanged. If you do not attend the exam, you will receive a NAP (not in attendance) as a result. For more information on the result of a NAP, see the information on Examination results and inspection.
  • ID requirement during examinations

    During examinations and resits, you must always be able to establish your identity with a student ID card and a passport, ID card or driver’s licence. If you are unable to establish your identity at an examination, you will still be allowed to take it; your work will however only be corrected if and when you have presented your ID within 5 business days at the Edcuation Desk.

    If you do not present ID within 5 business days, a fail will be recorded in SIS (NAV = failed to meet the requirements). This will be visible on a transcript with all grades.

    The rules for examinations can be found in the Examinations Regulations.

  • Examination results and inspection

    Exam results are published in SIS. Exam results are published within 15 working days (18 working days during 'COVID-19 circumstances') of the date of examination (see Teaching and Examination Regulations). Results for mid-terms are provided by the lecturer via Canvas and will not be registered in SIS. You are entitled to review and inspect your assessed work during the six weeks following publication of the exam results in SIS.

    • Written Exams in Ans Delft: Navigate to the Ans Delft website ans-delft.nl and select “sign in with your school account: Universiteit van Amsterdam” and log in using your UvAnetID.
    • Digital Exams in Test Vision Online: Navigate to the Test Vision Online website (uva.testvision.nl/online/fe/login_tva.htm) and log in with your UvAnetID.

    Marks Given for all Examinations Taken

    If you take an examination, you will be given a mark for that examination – without exception. Participation means presence in the exam room or (if there is no scheduled exam) handing in an examination assignment.

    Grade registration in SIS

    • The grade registered in SIS is the final grade of the course. It takes a day after the registration before the amount of ECTS credits is visible.
    • No rights can be derived from grades in Canvas.
    • You can find the composition of the grade under the tab ‘Assessment and testing’ of the course description in the Course Catalogue

    Grades

    Final grades are given on a scale from 1 to 10. Only whole or half marks (.0 or .5), with the exception of the grade 5.5, may be awarded. The final assessment of a course is considered to be a pass if a grade of 6.0 or higher is obtained.  Grades from (and including) 5.5 to (and excluding) 6.25 will be rounded to 6. Grades from mid-terms and end-terms will not be rounded off to whole grades. Only your final grade (mid-term and end-term combined) will be rounded off to a whole grade. Your GPA will not be rounded off to a whole grade.

    On Grading Scheme you will a list of foreign equivalents to Dutch grades.

    AVV, NAV

    Should the degree classification or judicium for a particular course not be expressed as a grade, then the result will be ‘all requirements met’ (AVV) or ‘unsatisfactory’ (NAV). A NAV is also given if you have taken the exam and were not registered for the exam. Furthermore, a NAV can be given instead of a grad if you have not met all the requirements, for example submitting a mandatory assignment.

    NAP

    If you do not participate in the exam while registered, you will receive a NAP (not in attendance) in SIS. This also applies if you received a failing grade for the first exam opportunity and are not present for the resit. NAPs can appear on a non clean grade list, but have no effect on the cum laude regulation. If you want to avoid a NAP, deregister from the course as soon as possible via uva.nl/courseregistration. If you do not want to take the exam, but you do want to take the resit, leave your registration for the course unchanged. Go to 'Overview of Registrations’, select the course you want to deregister for, and then click 'Deregister'.

    Insufficient grades

    Insufficient passing grades will not be stated on your degree or grades transcript. Only courses you have passed will be stated on your degree and grade transcript. However, insufficient grades can have an impact on graduating cum laude.

    Guess correction

    If Multiple Choice (MC) questions are used in an exam, there is a guess chance. Within the Faculty of Law, as is customary in Higher Education, this guess chance is corrected for each examination with MC-questions when calculating the partial score or final grade. Read how it works.

  • Period of validity of an exam result

    Exam results that count towards a Bachelor’s degree remain valid for a period of ten years; exam results that count towards a Master’s degree remain valid for a period of five years.

    Exam results that count towards an “initial university degree” (a degree offered until 2002), remain valid for a period of ten years.

  • Extending the period of validity of an exam

    The validity period for examination results can only be extended if the Examinations Board has been able to establish that a force majeure situation exists.

    Before your request for an extension of the validity period for examination results can be processed, your study progress will need to be checked to determine how far along you are in the programme and whether the extension will provide you with enough time to graduate. Your request cannot be processed until your study progress has been checked.

    The validity period for examinations in the Master’s programme can be extended by a maximum of 6 months. The validity period for examinations in the Bachelor’s programme can be extended by a maximum of 12 months. This means that if you are unable to graduate within that extra time, it makes no sense to request for an extension.

    Example 1 (Master’s):

    • The course’s examination date is 30 October 2013
    • Five years later, on 30 October 2018, the results of that examination expire
    • You are granted a maximum 6-month extension (until 30 April 2019)

    In this example, you must be able to complete your degree programme before 30 April 2019. If you are unable to do so, the examination results will anyway be declared invalid and you will need to take the course again if you wish to graduate. Contact an academic study adviser to discuss your study planning.

    Example 2 (Bachelor’s):

    • The course’s examination date is 20 December 2008
    • Ten years later, on 20 December 2018, the results of that examination expire
    • You are granted a maximum 12-month extension (until 20 December 2019)

    In this example, you must be able to complete your degree programme before 20 December 2019. If you are unable to do so, the examination results will anyway be declared invalid and you will need to take the course again if you wish to graduate. Contact an academic study adviser to discuss your study planning.

    Example 3 (exemption):

    • You are granted an exemption from a required course whose examination date is 5 September 2008.
    • The examination date of the course that allowed you to qualify for the exemption is 10 November 2007.
    • 10 years later, on 10 November 2017, the results of that examination expire, as does the exemption.
    • You are granted a maximum 12-month extension (until 10 November 2018)

    In this example, you must be able to complete your degree programme before 10 November 2018. If you are unable to do so, the examination results will anyway be declared invalid and you will need to take the course from which you were granted an exemption if you wish to graduate. Contact an academic study adviser to discuss your study planning.

  • Exams and Disability or Chronic Condition

    If you have a disability or chronic condition and have or expect to have problems with your studies because of this, you can request extra exam arrangements (such as extra time to complete an examination).

    When are you eligible for a special arrangement?

    Depending on your disability, you may be eligible for specific exam arrangements. Arrangements, even if necessary to enable you to take the exam, may not conflict with the exit qualifications that apply to your study programme. Please contact a Student Counsellor to discuss the possibilities.

    Additional information on requesting extra arrangements at the UvA

    When does the special arrangement granted apply?

    An examination arrangement is granted for all (partial) examinations administered at the Amsterdam Law School during a specified period.

    Ensure that you are registered for an examination no later than 15.00 on the tenth day before the examination date. Verify this in the Planner. You do not need to register separately for the arrangement. You will receive an email within eight business days with details about the time and location of the examination.

    If you take courses at another faculty, you will need to enquire at that Faculty whether, and if so how, you can make use of the same examination arrangements there.

    What to bear in mind:

    • If you have been granted extra time to complete examinations, you are allowed 15 minutes extra in total for examinations that last up to two hours, and 30 minutes extra in total for examinations that last 2 hours or longer.
    • You take the examination at a location to be determined by the faculty. In most cases this will be the usual examination location, but another location may be designated if necessary.
    • If you do not wish to take an examination, please cancel as soon as possible to spare the effort and potential expense involved in providing the arrangement. Please deregister at least 10 working days before the examination (if you do not intend to take (another) examination for this course this academic year) or via the Education Desk (if you are not going to use the first exam opportunity, but want to use the resit).
  • Extra Examination Opportunity

    If you have achieved all courses of your bachelor or master programme except for one, you may be eligible for an extra examination opportunity for this last course. Several conditions apply. 

    Bachelor students

    Have you achieved all courses of your bachelor programme (including your thesis) except for one? Then you may be eligible for an extra examination opportunity for this last course provided you meet the following conditions:

    • You have made use of the most recent and/or second most recent exam opportunity, and
    • Have at any point achieved a grade of at least 4,0, and
    • The date of the extra resit will be at least 2 months before the first next regular exam of this course.

    The Examinations Board can, in case of special circumstances, deviate from these conditions.

    Master students

    Have you achieved all components of your master programme (including your thesis) except for one? Then you may be eligible for an extra examination opportunity for this last course provided you meet the following conditions:

    • You have made use of the most recent and/or second most recent exam opportunity, and
    • Have at any point achieved a grade of at least 4,0, and
    • The date of the extra resit will be at least 2 months before the first next regular exam of this course.

    The Examinations Board can, in case of special circumstances, deviate from these conditions.

    Examinations Board

    The complete provisions can be found in the Teaching and Examination Regulations.The Examinations Board may elect to deviate from the stated conditions if circumstances so demand.

    Submitting a Request for an Extra Exam Opportunity

    A request for an extra exam opportunity needs to be submitted to the Examinations Board via the form linked below. The Examinations Board can only process your request after you have requested a progress check.

    The Examinations Board will make a decision within a reasonable period of time regarding requests for an extra examination opportunity and in any case within 6 weeks after receipt of the request, provided you have submitted a progress check .

    Please note

    The academic year starts on 1 September and ends on 31 August. If you take your extra examination opportunity after 31 August, you will need to apply for re-enrolment for the new academic year no later than 31 August. If you fail to do this, you will be unable to request your degree certificate and consequently graduate and receive your degree certificate. You can re-enrol via Studielink.

  • Appeal against an exam result

    Pursuant to the Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek), you can lodge an appeal with the Examinations Appeals Board (College van Beroep voor de Examens) within six weeks of the publication in SIS of the contested result.

    Teaching and Examination Regulations

  • Can I take an exam without participating in the corresponding course?

    Yes. Register for tutorial section “TGOW” of the course concerned (Exam without course participation, tentamen geen onderwijs) so that you can access its Canvas page and corresponding study materials. You will then also be registered for the exam. Note: courses with mandatory attendance don't have a ‘TGOW’. Registration is possible until the day of the resit.

    It can take up to 24 hours after TGOW registration before you get access to Canvas. If you need access to the Canvas page urgently, please contact the Education Desk.

    If you followed a course without a TGOW option in a different academic year, have met the attendance requirement and want to participate in the exam or resit, please contact the course coordinator (listed in the course catalogue) to ask if this is possible. Only with permission of the course coordinator can the Education Desk add you to the exam or resit.

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